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General Information

Name:  John Fink  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1926 in Farmington, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Fink was born in Farmington, Illinois. He attended the Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and earned his MA at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign. After college, he and his wife moved to Winnetka, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Fink attended college at Millikin University and later earned an M.A. from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. He was a reporter at the Tribune from 1953 to 1974. In 1962, he edited the institutional history of Tribune affiliate WGN. After 1974, he left daily journalism and began a career in book editing and publishing with the ''Chicago Tribune Magazine''. In the early 1990s his talent for fiction writing burst to the surface, and he wrote two mysteries. Fink has taught writing classes at Columbia College and Northwestern University, and still lived in Chicago until his death in 1995.

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